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The building

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Architect: Ivar Tengbom
Building leader: Oscar Sitte
Date of construction: 1938-1940, addition (guestwing/foresteria) 1964
Furnishing: Carl Malmsten (furniture), Märta Måås-Fjätterström, among others
The building was actualised after an agreement between the Swedish and the Italian states in 1937 and it is the property of the Swedish state. Both the original building and the addition were financed with funds from Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s fund. The aim was to offer an example of modern Swedish architecture and interior design. Prince Eugen, chairman of the interior decoration committee, painted a version of “The Cloud” (Molnet) for the conference room. In 1956 Olga Milles donated Carl Mille’s sculpture “Sun glitter” (Solglitter) to decorated the main square. The addition of a guest wing in 1964 was constructed by the architect firm, Anders Tengbom. During a new major rebuilding in 1987-88, a new seminar room was built.

Seminars at the Institute

Research Seminar

Thursday January 16, 17.00

Dan Diffendale (American Academy in Rome): Rethinking Tuff in Regal and Republican Rome.

Did early Roman builders looking for cut stone turn to the most readily available sources, which could be quarried below their feet, or seek it from more distant sources capable of providing more suitable stone? What role did river transport play in selecting building stone at Rome? And what was the relative contribution of state- vs. privately-held quarries? I address these questions and sketch out the goals and methods of the QUADRATA (Quarry provenience and Archaeological Dating of the Roman-Area Tuffs in Antiquity) Project.





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